Thursday, March 24, 2016

"What's She Got" by Liquid Gold

Song#:  1590
Date:  09/03/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  86
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Dance-Pop, R&B

Pop Bits:  This English disco band first hit the US Pop chart in 1979 with "My Baby's Baby." It would only be a slight hit at Pop reaching #45, however it did well at Dance hitting #5. Their 1980 follow-up, "Dance Yourself Dizzy," could only muster a #26 showing at Dance and miss the Pop chart, but it would become their biggest hit in the UK topping out at #2. In the years following, they grabbed one more UK Top 10, yet they remained absent from the US charts until this single was issued. It would serve as their last charting single spending a month at Pop while going to #23 Dance and #52 R&B. They would disband in 1984.

ReduxReview:  The band toned down their late 70's disco in favor of a more mature 80s pop/R&B sound. The results are pretty solid. The song is not terribly memorable, but it cuts a nice groove and lead singer Ellie Hope is awesome. It's a shame she couldn't spin this into a solo career. She is easily the best thing about this single. It should have done a lot better than the measly #86 peak. At least it filled dance floors for a while.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) All the band's material was written and produced by Adrian Baker. He reached the US chart earlier in the year with the 4 Seasons medley project "Seasons of Gold." Credited to Gidea Park featuring Adrian Baker, the song topped out at #82 on the Pop chart.  2) After the breakup, Liquid Gold's guitarist, Syd Twynham, would go on to join Mud, a UK glam rock band that had major success in the 70s. Mud scored eleven Top 10 hits in the UK between 1973 and 1976, including three #1's. The band's original lead guitarist, Rob Davis, would later co-write hits for other artists including Liquid Gold's singer Ellie Hope, who hit the US Dance chart in 1983 with "Lucky" (#14). Davis would also co-write (with Cathy Dennis) Kylie Minogue's 2001 smash hit "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (#7 Pop, #1 Dance). Twynham joined Mud in 1987 and has remained with the band since. Davis left in 1979.


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